Congratulations to Phil Mickelson. He was a great player before; now I think he becomes legendary.
Phil called it yesterday. He said in a post-round interview that he thought even par of -1 would win. He was correct. Second place was even par.
Five under is a phenomenal score in the last round of a Major.
Contrary to many, I have often thought that Phil would win an Open Championship. He has the sort of imagination required to make those crazy, bouncing, curving shots at the Open Championship. The US Open, on the other hand, asks for patience and precision. I’m not sure Phil has enough of those.
Tiger did not look good. Here’s the thing that no one seems to pay attention to—even Tiger: It is not a failure of ball striking. It is a failure of putting. The mid-range and bomb putts that he used to routinely sink just aren’t falling any more. In his glory days, Tiger would bomb a 20 footer and drive fear into the hearts of his opponents. Not so much any more.
Tiger will still be the favorite at the PGA Championship. Strangely.
Poor Lee Westwood. He’s so likable. I’d hate to think of him as the new Colin Montgomerie. I still believe that he will win a Major, though.
Adam Scott continues to perform at a very high level. This just wasn’t his day. I wonder when he gives up the broomstick. If he does, and still wants the anchored “feeling,” I’d suggest that he try a Heavy Putter.
That slow play penalty really cost Hideki Matsuyama. It was the difference between T3 and 6th.